Our first urban forest

On a cold, sunny Saturday, in ferocious gusts of wind, we planted last weekend our first urban forest! It will benefit the residents of a building complex currently being built in Bucharest, sector 5.

With an area of just 400 square meters, the tiny forest is a great alternative to the usual urban parks and gardens, as well as traditional forest plantations.

Based on the concept developed since the 1970s by Japanese forester and activist Akira Miyawaki, the tiny forest is one of the firsts of its kind in Romania. 

It is a novelty for us,” says Mihail Caradaica, executive director of the Tomorrow’s Forest Foundation. “The Foundation planted so far about 800,000 seedlings on 186 hectares of forest land with regeneration difficulties, generally in the mountains, at higher altitudes. This is our first urban forest, and our first plantation in Bucharest.”

Miyawaki forests: tiny biodiversity oasis with huge community impact

In Miyawaky-type forests, a great diversity of carefully-selected local species are planted, in an arrangement with higher density than other types of forest plantations.

This density ensures a quick evolution of the seedlings and allows the establishment of the forest ecosystem on very small scale – areas as small as 100 square meters. Moreover, Miyawaki-type forests grow ten times faster, without the need for fertilisers or pesticides, and do not need special maintenance after only three years.

For the urban forest we planted in Bucharest we used 15 species of trees.

We planted forest species as well as ornamental ones,” Mihail Caradaica explains. “We have oak, ash, elm, birch, plane trees, as well as lilac, jasmine, dogwood, and honeysuckle. It will be a blooming, fragrant forest, delightful for the local residents, who wanted to take part in today’s event.

Despite their small size, tiny urban forests ensure as much as 20 times more biodiversity compared to a regular plantation, they reduce noise, dust and pollution up to 30 times more, and absorb up to 30 times more carbon dioxide!

urban forest

A big, big thank-you to our partners, Aristos Developers and SupaDupa! We leave you with a few images from the event below (turn on English subtitles on YouTube).